Arifin Shuvo has made it big on the silver screen with films like “Agnee”, “Purnodoirgho Prem Kahini” and “Tarkata”. And his career is on the roll with the release of the widely appreciated “Kistimat”.
The Daily Star recently talked to the celebrated actor about his tryst with celluloid. Excerpts:
What has been up with “Kistimat”?
Shuvo: I'm very happy with the great feedback the film has received both within and outside the country. “Kistimat” is a major milestone in my career as it has given me further exposure to acting techniques. Besides, I had to overstretch myself physically for the movie.
Your film “Agnee” was another blockbuster...
Shuvo: I give the entire credit to Iftakar Chowdhury because it would never have been a roaring success without him. Also, as the film was produced by a big name like Jaaz Multimedia, its success was somewhat assured. “Agnee” was a brilliant experience for me as I survived a fatal accident on the sets overseas. However, I forgot all my woes when the film received such a great reception at the box office.
Tell us about your upcoming films.
Shuvo: “Warish” is the brainchild of director Salahuddin Lavlu and shooting is scheduled very soon. Here I'm likely to play the title role with Dhallywood heartthrob Mahi. The film has an outstanding script. “Mritupuri”, meanwhile, will be shot in Australia where some Australian actors are to be a part of the cast. Directed by Zayed Rejwan, the film is based on the life of an underworld gang.
What obstacles do you think the film industry faces?
Shuvo: Low budget, lack of standard cinema halls, a shortfall of skilled technicians, script writers, music composers and actors. In spite of all the troubles, I think we are doing quite well.
With our neighbouring Bollywood getting a strong foothold globally, where do you think we are in comparison?
Shuvo: It will take a few years for our films to be on par with Indian films. Before making a film, they are assured of a big budget and huge market for cinema. Comparisons should be made only when these factors are taken into consid-erat-ion.